Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Sunday drive.

These are photos taken on our last Sunday drive this past weekend.  We had intended to go for a walk on Big Meadow, take photos of some deer and have lunch at the lodge, but when we got to the entrance of Skyline Drive, the Ranger told us it was closed due to ice and fallen trees.  That's a first for us and though we were disappointed we decided to make the best of it and continue onto Front Royal and drove through the Shenandoah Valley.  We didn't actually get our walk but had a lovely drive.  There was hardly any snow down where we live but at a higher elevation there it was.  


Pretty rural scenery and a new road for us as we usually go along Skyline and get off at one of their exits.  






















It was a gorgeous day and we had a great drive.  The deer will have to wait until the weather warms up a bit more though.  The temperature wasn't too bad, it had a bit of a nip in the air but we didn't need a heavy coat which is always a good sign.  I think that's why we were so surprised that Skyline was closed.  


Others were enjoying their drive just like we were.

 Such a cutey!


This is one of the several designs for the Virginia Licence plate.  I scrubbed out the person's number for privacy.  


We didn't mind missing our walk, we had a long one the day before as we were at Meadowlark Gardens. Neither of us felt the need for a coat, we were wearing woolly sweaters which was enough. This was one of the first better days we have had, definitely a promise of Spring and there were early flowers already blooming.  Several people had the same idea but even though the parking lot was about two-thirds full, it didn't feel overcrowded and we had our space.  I'll share those photos soon.

21 comments:

  1. The mountains look awesome you your shots.



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  2. Beautiful pictures, fantastic views. Greetings

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  3. A lovely drive indeed Denise. I particularly liked the photo with the furrowed field in front of the mountain range.

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  4. Thanks for the lovely drive even though I was on the wrong side of the road hee hee. The snow looks pretty love your header and the other rural shots. Glad your weather is improving. Ours is still wet. The plants are rotting in the garden.

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  5. Denise, I usually skip Shenandoah in the winter months. But, I hope to go soon. You did get some lovely shots of the Shenandoah Valley and countryside. Have a great day!

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  6. WOW, a lot of snow there. Love the photos of your drive:)

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  7. Unexpected detours on road trips often work out well, Denise. Yours brought some unexpected scenics although I would also have been disappointed to find Skyline Drive closed.

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  8. Snow really does make for beautiful scenery photos. I love all of these.

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  9. lots of great fence scenes here. :) beautiful area.

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  10. Sometimes that ride is just as fun.Nice shots found,I see some similarity to my area.

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  11. What a great little road trip. Such great scenery.

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  12. It was interesting to see the landscape in Shenandoah Valley. Thanks for the driving tour.

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  13. Great photos, especially the ones with snowy mountains rising over less-snowy foregrounds. I have always loved the Appalachians in winter!

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  14. Great pics and great time, but my fav pic is the dog looks as if hes driving.

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  15. I love the photos! So pretty. Thank You for sharing. We can all look forward to sharing our spring photos soon! Yippeee!

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  16. Awesome captures, Denise! Funny, I just made a post moments ago with a photo I took a few years ago with a beautiful blue sky...and now I come here and see yours! Love them, thanks so much for sharing.

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  17. That looked like a truly wonderful drive - and we benefit too. Today we received wonderful photos from your drive, and later when you get to walk and see the deer we will benefit again.

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  18. Oh how I love that area. Shenandoah Valley is gorgeous -but we've never seen it when there was snow on the mountains. GORGEOUS!!!!

    I love Skyline Drive also--and wish we lived closer to enjoy it. Can't wait til you go back and take pictures from up there.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  19. Some of those pictures look like spring is definitely on the way...some look like winter is going to hang on as long as it can.

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